MADISON - Last weekend, Alyssa Lampe showed why she was named USA Wrestling's female wrestler of the year.
And she was able to enjoy a home mat advantage.
Bob: "It was awesome to see the Wisconsin people remember her," Tomahawk wrestling coach Bob Garrou explained. "I really think it meant something to her."
Alyssa Lampe felt the presence of one family member.
"You could hear my - in fact, my dad is the only one I could hear. I couldn't even hear my coaches. That was pretty funny."
Tomahawk's Alyssa Lampe received a hero's welcome in Madison. She captured the women's 48 kg - 105.5-pound title in front of the Wisconsin faithful.
"Just great to hear people from my hometown," Lampe adds. "Heard people cheering for me. It was great."
"If it wasn't for her parents, she wouldn't have been a wrestler," Garrou said. "Her dad drug her in there to be a partner for her brother. And it worked out perfect. It's been great to be a part of that."
Last time Alyssa wrestled in Madison was in 2006. That year in her weight class - she finished second at the state tournament. Last weekend, she left her home state as a World Team member.
"It's a stepping stone. But the goal is to be an Olympic champion," Lampe is quick to point out.
"She said to USA Wrestling last week her goal is to win everything from here on out and retire in 2016 as an Olympic champion," Garrou explained.
Lampe had to bounce back after getting pinned in the second match. Two years ago, she was an alternate for the Olympic team after falling in the final match. She would not let that happen again.
Alyssa will compete at the World Championships in Uzbekistan in September. And continue to focus on a shot at the 2016 Olympic games.
NORTHWOODS - Next Monday's solar eclipse will look fascinating, but it can damage your eyes for a lifetime.
It's never safe to look directly at the sun's rays, even though there will be a partial eclipse here in the Northwoods.
Regular sunglasses won't protect you, so if you plan to view the solar eclipse you need special solar eclipse sunglasses.
Those glasses are one size fits all, so it's important to check they are snug on your child's head, too.
Kids are curious, and may want to fixate on the crescent beam of light.
"We know children are going to want to peek over the top and in just 20 to 30 seconds they could be doing damage to their eye, " says Dr. Jill Redman.
The solar eclipse light is not as intense as regular sunlight.
You won't actually feel the damage being done until the next day because the reflex to turn away won't be there.
"Missing blurry vision and central vision. Afterwards you could have light sensitivity. You could also have watering eyes. But some of the damage with maculopathy can be permanent," says Dr. Ben Redman.
Dr. Ben says if you don't have those special solar glasses, the safest option is to avoid it entirely and watch online.
RHINELANDER - DNR Furbearer Research Scientist Dr. Nathan Roberts calls bobcats "a conservation success story." Their population numbers are up across the United States.
The DNR doubled the harvest quota this year at 750 bobcats because of that healthy population size.
"While the population's grown, we've also increased our understanding of bobcats considerably. Working together with hunters and trappers across the state we've increased our understanding of bobcats and our ability to monitor bobcats," said Roberts.
RHINELANDER - You probably wouldn't consider a dark, smelly alley an ideal place to sit and relax. Maggie Steffen agrees, which is why she's planning to transform an alley on Brown Street in Rhinelander.
Steffen plans to tackle the project in three phases. Phase one is lighting the alley, which sits between The Brick restaurant and Bath and Body Creations. Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. agreed to pay about $2,800 for five LED lights if the city would pay for the electricity.
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